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Finisar First to Deliver Complete Protocol Testing Platform for Fibre Channel Over Ethernet (FCoE)

October 20, 2008

Continuing to lead the storage networking industry with innovative testing technologies for emerging protocols, Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) today announced delivery of the world’s first complete Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) 10 Gigabit Ethernet protocol testing tool suite. Built on Finisar’s proven Xgig(R) technology, the industry’s leading multi-function, multi-protocol testing and analysis platform, the new 10GE/FCoE Analyzer, 10GE/FCoE Load Tester, and 10GE/FCoE Jammer offer the most complete support for storage and networking companies designing FCoE and converged Ethernet systems.

The 10GE/FCoE Analyzer provides unparalleled visibility into network transactions. The 10GE/FCoE Load Tester creates test traffic streams designed to stress network equipment and verify FCoE functionality and performance. The 10GE/FCoE Jammer tests system robustness, the performance of priority traffic flow, and error recovery capabilities by manipulating live traffic flows. Additionally, the multi-protocol capabilities of the Xgig platform enable developers to evaluate and analyze network traffic as it crosses protocol domains such as the topology of the FCoE network linking to Fibre Channel storage equipment.

“In early interoperability testing, it is important to have robust tools that allow rapid problem identification and root cause analysis,” said Joe Gervais, senior director of product marketing, Emulex Corporation. “Finisar’s tools allowed Emulex to quickly capture and analyze FCoE behavior during the recent FCIA Fibre Channel over Ethernet plugfest, greatly enhancing our efficiency at the event.”

“Finisar has been one of our valued and strategic suppliers since the early days of the Fibre Channel market and our recent work together to bring reliable FCoE products to market has strengthened this relationship even further,” said Marty Lans, senior director of Product Marketing for the Data Center Infrastructure Division at Brocade. “As technology leaders, the combination of Brocade and Finisar will help define how the industry adopts technologies such as extending data connectivity to address current and future business requirements.”

The 10GE/FCoE Load Tester is the first tool able to generate FCoE traffic and test the FCoE and Fibre Channel network functions and performance. It supports the FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP) for discovery and Virtual Link initialization, and PFC for traffic flow control. 10GE/FCoE Jammer provides protocol-aware traffic modifications. In addition, Jammer offers a unique way for customers to dynamically manipulate the traffic flow per priority class. This range of capabilities is not available with any other Fibre Channel / Ethernet testing tools.

Finisar’s 10GE/FCoE Analyzer and 10GE/FCoE Load Tester are shipping now. The 10GE/FCoE Jammer is available now in a pre-release version. Each supports XFP and SFP+ interfaces and is compatible with both optical and electric links. For more information about Finisar’s proven networking solutions for FCoE, visit www.finisar.com/fcoe or contact a Finisar Solution Expert at 1.408.548.1000 or sales@finisar.com.

About Finisar

Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) is a global technology leader for fiber optic subsystems and network test systems that enable high-speed voice, video and data communications for networking, storage, wireless, and cable TV applications. For more than 20 years, Finisar has provided critical optics technologies to system manufacturers to meet the increasing demands for network bandwidth and storage. Finisar is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, USA with R&D, manufacturing sites, and sales offices worldwide. For additional information, visit www.finisar.com.

 MEDIA CONTACT: Victoria McDonald Finisar Corporation (408) 542-4261 victoria.mcdonald@finisar.com

SOURCE: Finisar




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